AOK News

Butterflies Imbibing Minerals by McDowell Creek

Butterflies Imbibing Minerals by McDowell Creek

Posted Monday August 10, 2020
Large butterflies--like Monarchs and swallowtails--often use McDowell Creek as a flight corridor, sailing past us, here one second, gone the next.   ...
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Local Musicians Find Refuge at AOK Legacy Sanctuary

Posted Sunday August 9, 2020
During the hottest days of summer, McDowell Creek has been a refuge.   Local musicians, looking for a safe outdoor space to get together, came to Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge to play and sing next to (and in some cases in!) McDowell Creek:   ...
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Tiny Body, Big Voice--And Oh, Those Legs!

Tiny Body, Big Voice--And Oh, Those Legs!

Posted Monday July 13, 2020
If you thought these little guys were loud in the spring, you should hear them now!   Here are Blanchard's Cricket Frogs on the shores of McDowell Creek: ...
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Summer Damselflies

Summer Damselflies

Posted Thursday July 9, 2020
Summer is the time for procreation!   Here "dancer" damselflies (Argia spp.) are laying eggs in McDowell Creek.   The pairs have mated, and now the females are placing eggs in underwater vegetation or other substrate.   The males are "mate-guarding"--hanging onto the females and keeping other males at bay. ...
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Save the Date! 2021 Stone Soul Festival - 6/12/21

Posted Wednesday June 17, 2020
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AOK Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

Posted Wednesday June 17, 2020
Because of Covid, we in AOK are missing the in-person Juneteenth events we usually co-sponsor with the Junction City Juneteenth Community Association.  So here on our home page, we are hosting a “virtual celebration.”    We are remembering past joint events, and we are looking forward to next year.  AOK will once again host a Wildflower Walk in conjunction with the Geary County Stone Soul Festival. ...
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Cricket Frogs Chorusing and Doing the "Leg Display"

Cricket Frogs Chorusing and Doing the "Leg Display"

Posted Monday June 15, 2020
Northern Cricket Frogs are among the tiniest vertebrates on earth--but they have a big voice!   If you go near a stream or pond in late spring, you may hear what sounds like the clacking of castanets.   That's a chorus of Cricket Frogs, vocalizing loudly, announcing that the breeding season is underway.  Here is one tiny chorister raising his voice.  Note that his vocal sac is almost as big as he is! ...
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Milkweed Metropolis

Milkweed Metropolis

Posted Monday June 15, 2020
You can see it’s not just Monarchs that come to milkweed!  ...
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Bison Calves at Flint Hills Prairie Bison Reserve

Bison Calves at Flint Hills Prairie Bison Reserve

Posted Wednesday June 10, 2020
The people conversing about the new calves are George LeRoux, proprietor of the Flint Hills Bison Reserve, and Margy Stewart, past chair of AOK.  Both George and Margy are trustees of AOK. ...
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Plant Milkweed and the Monarchs will Come

Plant Milkweed and the Monarchs will Come

Posted Tuesday June 9, 2020
Here is a very happy Monarch caterpillar, munching away on his "host plant"--Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).   ...
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